Dee Dee Bridgewater

Biography

Born: May 27, 1950; Memphis, TN  
Dee Dee Bridgewater is a supremely talented jazz singer whose records have not always been indicative of her skills. Her best work came with the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis big band. She can sing loud or soft, do brassy upbeat tunes, blues, or sentimental ballads, and she became popular overseas in the late 70s for her one-woman show, "Lady Day." Bridgewater began performing in Michigan during the '60s, and toured the Soviet Union in 1969 with the Read more University of Illinois big band. After marrying trumpeter Cecil Bridgewater she moved to New York in 1970. Following their divorce in the mid-'70s, Bridgewater was the principal vocalist with the Jones-Lewis band from 1972 to 1974, then appeared in the Broadway music "The Wiz" from 1974 to 1976, winning a Tony award in 1975. Bridgewater moved to Los Angeles after singing at Hopper's in New York in 1976 and studying with Roland Hanna. Bridgewater lived in Europe for several years during the '80s, appearing in Paris and London in 1986 and 1987 in the featured role of "Lady Day," Stephen Stahl's play about Billie Holiday's life. Bridgewater returned to New York in 1987 to perform, and later toured the Far East with an all-star jazz band that included James Moody, Clark Terry and Grady Tate. She's always on the edge of superstardom. Bridgewater currently has dates available on CD recorded for Verve and Impulse (MCA reissue). Read less
Browse 1-4 of 4 Available Recordings
  • 1.
    Prelude To A Kiss - The Duke Ellington Album
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 446717 Release Date: 12/19/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edward "Duke" Ellington
    Performer:  Dee Dee Bridgewater
    Conductor:  John Mauceri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
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    Spirits Of Mozart / Selim, Bridgewater, Boreyko
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2055178 Release Date: 05/16/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Benjamin Schmid,  Amira Selim,  Dee Dee Bridgewater,  Christiane Oelze  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrey Boreyko
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Summer Night Of Music / Bridgewater, Maisky, Boreyko, King's Singers
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2053299 Release Date: 03/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Various
    Performer:  Rodolfo Mederos,  Roby Lakatos,  Dee Dee Bridgewater,  Mischa Maisky  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrey Boreyko
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  King's Singers
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    American Rhapsody - A Tribute To George Gershwin / Vienna Arts Orchestra
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 63258 Release Date: 09/15/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Dee Dee Bridgewater,  Joe Lovano,  Ray Anderson,  Anna Lauvergnac  ... 
    Conductor:  Mathias Ruegg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Art Orchestra
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